Chester's Kitchen & Bar

4.7
797 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Casual Upscale Dining in the Heart of Downtown Rochester, Minnesota. Made-from-scratch food with layers of flavor.

Large Patio Seating (In season), Garden Atrium and Private Dining.
Named Rochester's Best Restaurant 2018!
Rochester's Favorite Dessert 2020 - Banana Cream Pie!
Serving Rotisserie Chicken, Lavash Pizza, Steaks, Seafood, Burgers, Salads and Much More... Made Fresh Daily!!
Specific tables are never guaranteed. Due to popularity and weather conditions, we do not accept reservations for the Patio or Bar Booths (first come first serve basis).

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Featured specials

Select a special by choosing a date, time and party size

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 31, 2020

How excited are you to say goodbye to 2020? Ring in the new year with us and let's all get excited for 2021! We will have our full menu along with some amazing fun dishes from our chef, drinks to cheers to and of course champagne!

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 24, 2020

We will be open on Christmas Eve from 11am-4pm and offering our GC Promotion! Buy $100 and get $20 FREE. Great for last minute gifts! brunch, lunch or an earlier dinner! Enjoy the day with us!

What 797 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was amazing and I had probably the best steak I’ve ever had (the mushroom filet) and the beet salad was beautiful. My boyfriend loved the corn chowder. The staff in general were just really awesome, you definitely feel welcome here! I was disappointed in the appetizers but they weren’t bad-just ok. I will have to try some other ones next time. I felt very safe as far as covid guidelines were concerned, they seems to be very clean and organized. Overall a great spot for date night!

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vipDawn469
Fargo
10 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and service but the music is pretty loud for conversation and although the restaurant was 1/2 full, they wanted to seat us right next to another table. We asked to be farther from others and were promptly moved to a booth with was definitely 6 ft from anyone else. Masks were worn by all staff and patrons and we felt safe. My husband had the rotisserie chicken and I had the lobster Mac n cheese and we both thought our choices were great. We also went back for appetizers and a drink the following afternoon and had the rotisserie dry rub chicken wings and the lettuce wraps. My husband really enjoyed the wings and I the lettuce wraps, but both were very messy. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone in the Rochester downtown area.

SJ
SusanJ
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed my first visit to Chester's for a business luncheon. Beautiful venue, great food and a quiet atmosphere so we could have a business discussion. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! The service, the food and the ambiance was Wonderful!

GK
GKJK
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chester’s never disappoints. Service was very good, server was friendly and attentive. Food was delicious!! Thanks!

JP
JamieP
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Travis, our server was attentive and kind. Food was delicious.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The chicken was great, everything was pretty good. Solid all the way around.

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LindaW
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parmesan crusted walleye is outstanding and I can’t wait to return and order again! Service is unhurried and server suggestion of wine to compliment entree a nice touch.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and wonderful service

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PrettyGoodChoice
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very well cleaned. Staff all in masks and good social distancing in place!

Honey fried chicken sandwich was awesome.

My server was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Montana
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Lied to me and said they didn’t have your reservation
Didn’t even look
Gave us a bad table

Told then I DID have OT reservation
Give me a better table
They did

SJ
SueandJohn
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat there several times every time we come for medical care. Service and food quality are always great. Friendly staff, good, tasty, homemade food - very comforting. Salads, corn bread, veg. chili, soups, etc. haven't had a bad meal there yet.

JR
JohnR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We dined early and requested distanced seating. That worked good.

The only reason that I did not give 5 stars was that the 8 oz Filet didn’t seem tone worth $42.

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OctoberBirthday
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there to celebrate our birthdays, we haven't been out to a restaurant for months so was excited to be out. The service by Chris was amazing, very knowledgeable and attentive. The food was fresh and cooked to perfection. I recommend the rotisserie chicken, it was so delicious. The decor was beautiful and tasteful. It was a wonderful experience and we will definitely return in the future.

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TimR
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and awesome food.i would recommend it to a friend.

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vipCanadianfoody
Minneapolis
27 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We always enjoy Chesters but it is not the place to go if you want dinner conversation. Even with less people due to the pandemic restrictions it is noisy as the background music is always at a moderate to high volume.
That being said I really enjoyed the featured beet salad. The flat bread was not up to it’s usual standard. Extremely salty! My beau enjoyed his chicken as always but expressed disappointment with the mashed potatoes. He usually raves about the potatoes but this time said they were totally tasteless.

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LT14
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Had a great first experience there. Decorated nicely for the fall. Appetizer and dinner prices seemed a bit high compared to the proportions but overall great service and experience.

DH
vipDrHerb
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chester’s is always a wonderful way to end a long day at Mayo or to celebrate a great day with family. The restaurant offers a warm and welcoming ambiance no matter how you might enter the room. Nothing is fussy but everything is top notch. Our fav will always be the walleye but the options are just as great.
For the past twelve years our first choice in Rochester, with lots of great choices, will always be Chester’s. We suggest that you give it a try for sure!

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vipdeannbb
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Walleye was ok..overcooked and it’s their house speciality.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were up there for the clinic. Happy Hour specials are exceptional.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent. Service. Is great. The servings are large.

JM
JaneM
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food selection is great and delicious! Had lots of fun...service excellent as well.

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LoganE
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I purchased a Ribeye for $39, unknowingly to me this didn't include any sides. Asparagus was an additional $6 and a small cup of soup was $8. This totaled to a $54 ribeye dinner. The real problem was the quality of the food, the ribeye tasted like a standard $18-$22 ribeye which comes with all sides. Very disappointed in the cost to quality, I was hoping for a Ribeye close to what I had from Malones in Lexington KY which cost me $65 with all sides. The ribeye from Malones was so much better I can't even compare.

DB
vipDawnB
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

As always, our brunch was delicious.
Molly provided attentive service as our waitress.

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ScottD
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. I would eat here again.

Service was excellent.

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Tiffany
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as always. Very friendly staff and manager.

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Moose
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good job with good service. Pricy as usual but not terrible.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Outside in patio. Beautiful night. Really enjoyed. In fact coming back tonight!

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Mouse
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous service as usual. We always go to Chester's to celebrate family birthdays and we are never disappointed!!

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vipBruceR
Louisville
17 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Any walleye dish is fabulous. Save room for the carrot cake or the banana cream pie.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ashley made our return to Chester’s a great evening! Her professionalism and great personality made a simple meal, fantastic!
Thank you,
Jess & Peggy
From Texas

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vipKristin
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It would be an improved experience if the outdoor patio heaters were functional. Food outstanding.

DB
vipDawnB
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best place for Sunday brunch every Sunday. Unless out of town, we will be there.

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Trips4us
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are staying here for cancer treatments and wanted a special brunch before the treatments start. We were delighted with the design, decor and ambiance. Our server, Macy, was outstanding!! And then the food! It was perfect- all 4 of us thought it was DELICIOUS!!
We will be here 2 weeks and look forward to a return visit for dinner. We highly recommend Chester’s.
Loved it!

JO
JOANP
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chester's never disappoints! Our go-to dinner spot whenever we are in Rochester.

JS
vipJulieS
Minneapolis
37 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service. Was nice to sit outside even on a brisk day. Thanks!

CK
CeceK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Chester’s, when I’m meeting friends in Rochester they are always my first choice.

I’ve traveled all over the world, this restaurant has always been in my top 10!

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Mao3
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was AMAZING!! Our waitress was attentive and helpful. Our meals came out really fast. We brought out two kids, and they loved it as well. I would love to go back!

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Kelley
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant-they have the best salmon ever! I get it everytime.

AK
AnnaK
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Birthday brunch

FAQs

Chester's Kitchen & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (507) 424-1211.

Chester's Kitchen & Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 797 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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